New York Spine Institute Spine Services

Atlanto-Axial Dislocation

Why Choose New York Spine Institute


If you are experiencing neck, back, or spine issues, trust New York Spine Institute to give you the quality care you deserve. Our doctors are here to solve your medical problems.


With decades of experience in the medical field, Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS is the medical doctor of New York Spine Institute. A trusted name in the medical field, he is ready to use his expertise to help treat every patient’s spinal problems.


We have a diverse staff that is ready to accommodate your needs in multiple languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian. 

Understanding The Causes Of Atlanto-Axial Dislocations

Some atlanto-axial dislocations are caused by poor development of the region. Young patients that are born with improper structure in this region can develop a collapse in spacing, and pinching of the nerves inside it. This injury can also develop over time as continuous neck movements irritate a past trauma in the area. If you beginning to feel symptoms of an atlanto-axial dislocation, contact us today.

Some symptoms include:

  • Sudden falls
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus/ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Instability throughout body
  • Severe migranes

Diagnosing Your Atlanto-Axial Dislocation

Atlanto-Axial instability is highly documented through radiography. X-rays have shown consistency in images of patients suffering from atlanto-axial dislocations. As well, a physical examination should be done to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms.

When dealing with injuries in crucial areas of the body, you need a team you can trust. Our specialists understand the severity of an atlanto-axial dislocation, and will deliver a precise treatment plan and/or surgery to help alleviate your problems.*

Atlanto-Axial Dislocation Treatment

While just two decades ago the treatment methods for atlanto-axial dislocations were considered highly dangerous, tremendous advancements have been made to treat this common injury. One non-surgical treatment method is called prolotherapy. Atlanto-Axial dislocations cause damage to the capsular ligaments, and prolotherapy is an injection based treatment that promotes healing in these ligaments. As well, there are various surgical procedures such as posterior fusion surgery which reintroduce atlanto-axial stability and alleviate patient symptoms. For prolotherapy in New York City, trust the specialists at New York Spine Institute. 

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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Need a Consultation For Your Muscle Strain?

At the New York Spine Institute, we have several offices in greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. To see one of our spine specialists for atlanto-axial dislocation treatment, please schedule a consultation with us today.

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